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Match Preview: Vancouver Whitecaps take on Orlando City FC

The Whitecaps will look for another win, as they host Orlando for the first time

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Orlando City FC at Vancouver Whitecaps

Saturday, July 16th, 2016

7:00 pm PT

BC Place, Vancouver, BC

The Vancouver Whitecaps are no doubt going to be a tired bunch, as they get set to welcome Orlando City FC to BC Place on Saturday, just a few days after an important 2-0 victory over an undermanned Real Salt Lake squad. In that contest, the Whitecaps got some offence from RSL themselves, along with an absolute rocket from Cristian Techera. They also relied on some solid goal tending from David Ousted, who made a number of great saves on the night. The club also took on the Colorado Rapids last weekend.  The Whitecaps may have some weary legs coming into the contest, but they come in with some confidence after securing the three points.

This contest marks a milestone for both clubs, as this is the first time Orlando has made the trip to Vancouver. The Whitecaps won their previous meeting thanks to an Octavio Rivero header in the dying moments of the contest.

What Lineup Will We See?

The Whitecaps are in the midst of trying to hold down a post-season spot in the competitive Western Conference, and that might inspire Carl Robinson to stick with his veterans for Saturday's contest. Masato Kudo got the start on Wednesday, and given he's been recovering from injury, Carl Robinson may want to give him a bit of break on Saturday. That would likely mean the return of Erik Hurtado to the starting lineup.

The Backline

While there were still some nerve-wracking moments for the Whitecaps defense on Wednesday, there's no denying the clean sheet was a much better effort that we've seen in recent weeks. Marcel De Jong looked pretty bad in his brief debut, but hopefully he'll get a start so he can get rid of those memories quickly. Otherwise, I would imagine David Edgar will stay on the sidelines, as during the TSN broadcast of the RSL match, they mentioned he had been without a contract for a bit, and may need some time getting up to speed.

Orlando City FC

The Whitecaps won't be the only tired group, as Orlando City is coming off a Wednesday contest of their own, in which they fell 2-0 to the New York Red Bulls. They are still without star midfielder Kaka, who sat out Wednesday's loss. Overall, it's been a disappointing season for Orlando, as they sit in 8th spot in the Eastern Conference with a 4-5-9 record, one point out of a playoff spot. The Whitecaps backline will be hoping the team will encounter some more offensive struggles this weekend, as Orlando have been shut out three times in a row.

Prediction: The Whitecaps ride the momentum of Wednesday into a 1-0 victory.